Birthday surprises await Kaiann (11) at Logan’s Fund Lossiemouth holiday home as youngster’s cancer treatment ends
A MORAY childhood cancer charity has welcomed its first family of 2021 to its Lossiemouth holiday home.
Logan’s Fund opened the doors of its Logan’s Sunny Days caravan last week for Kaiann Macallister (11) and her family to enjoy a well-deserved vacation.
The Rutherglen family arrived on Monday, May 3, a memorable day, as not only was it Kaiann’s birthday, but she had just “rung the bell” at home to signal the end of chemotherapy.
The youngster was eight when she was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2019.
Kaiann enjoyed a week of carefree beach fun with her brother Karsson (3), mom Sharon and daddy Mark.
Sunny Days, at Lossiemouth Bay Caravan Park, is available to any family suffering from childhood cancer.
Sharon said the family was taken by surprise upon arrival to find the caravan decorated with balloons and filled with treats.
She said: “Kaiann had her last chemo ever on Monday, her 11th birthday, so she wanted to ring the bell that day.
“It was emotional, but also strange because she’s been on it for two and a half years. We have to wait and see how her body deals with it. She has yet to get a checkup and she is still on lots. Of medication for other health problems as a result. of the cancer. “
She added: “We didn’t arrive until late Monday night, but when we got here it was great.
The caravan was all decorated with balloons and banners, and there was a big birthday cake. There were gifts for the kids and vouchers to do things as a family, and there were afternoon tea boxes for all of us.
‘It was very moving. Kaiann was over the moon. ‘
Logan’s Fund reopened its Sunny Days holiday home in Lossiemouth last week to welcome the Rutherglen Kaiann Macallister family, brother Karsson, mother Sharon and father Mark. Image: Daniel Forsyth.
The vacation home has been closed since late last year due to coronavirus restrictions, forcing Logan’s Fund to cancel and reschedule breaks for about 25 families.
Cameron Mackintosh, the chairman of the Logan’s Fund, is looking forward to a smile and a laugh.
He said: “We had about 25 families last year who lost their holiday with us, either because of the initial lockdown or the later regionalized travel restrictions based on Scotland’s levels of protection.
“It has been a difficult task this year to accommodate all the families that were lost last year and all the new applications we have received.
“We also had to cancel all our spring bookings for this year. This included families who had already moved and moved here last year – so they lost twice.
“We have been really lucky that our friends, Emily and George, who run the beautiful cottage ‘The Cottage’ on Silversands Holiday Park, have been able to help us accommodate as many families as possible.”
Sharon is a dedicated fundraiser for the charities that have supported her family, including Logan’s Fund.
Before the pandemic struck, Sharon had secured the Glasgow Barrowlands for a fundraising concert, “Go Gold Live”. She crosses her fingers that the performance can take place in August of this year.
The mother said, “We’re going to do a lot more for Logan’s Fund, because that’s the cause that really moves us.”
Logan’s Fund was established in memory of Elgin’s younger Logan Main, who died in 2009 after a battle with cancer, aged just three and a half.
Visit Sharon’s Go Gold Live fundraising page here.
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